Genesee County 911 director resigns amid family dispute, misdemeanor charge

FENTON TWP. — Genesee County 911 director Spring Tremaine is stepping down from her post following a family dispute that led to a misdemeanor charge against her.

Tremaine, who was been the 911 director since 2017, sent her letter of resignation to the Genesee County 911 Consortium Board early last week. The board then called a special meeting last Monday and voted unanimously to approve Tremaine’s resignation and place her on paid administrative leave until the end of her contract on Sept. 30.

Tremaine, of Fenton Township, was charged with a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct for illegally dumping yard waste and a trash can on her ex-sister-in-law’s driveway in early August. Cathy Tremaine, Spring Tremaine’s ex-sister-in-law, recorded the confrontation on Aug. 7 and shared the video with local media.

In an interview with ABC 12, Spring Tremaine said that her ex-sister-in-law, who lives across the street from her in Fenton Township, had dumped yard waste illegally on property that her family’s trust controls. Tremaine then took the yard waste and dumped it back on Cathy Tremaine’s driveway.

Tremaine also called Genesee County 911’s non-emergency line on Aug. 7 to report that her ex-sister-in-law was trespassing on the property where the yard waste was originally dumped. However, Tremaine said she was unaware that a divorce court decision two days earlier allowed her ex-sister-in-law access to the property.

Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the scene and took a report. About an hour later, Cathy Tremaine called police after Spring Tremaine dumped the yard waste on her driveway.

Upon arriving a second time, Genesee County Sheriff’s deputies issued a disorderly conduct ticket to Spring Tremaine.

Tremaine told the Genesee County View that she chose not to renew her contract with Genesee County 911 but declined to comment further on the dispute with her ex-sister-in-law.

In addition to the Aug. 7 call to 911, Tremaine contacted one of her dispatchers on June 17 to see if police could respond to her home so that she could lodge a complaint against her ex-sister-in-law.

Genesee County 911’s Executive Board is conducting an internal investigation to see if Tremaine’s requests for police affected the dispatch center’s ability to answer emergency calls.

Although the board has appointed Genesee County 911 Deputy Director Tim Jones as interim director, Jones has also submitted his resignation, which is expected to be effective Sept. 30. The board will be meeting on Sept. 14 to receive suggestions from the Consortium’s Personnel Committee on a permanent replacement for Tremaine.